In an effort to build team unity and leadership during the off-season, a group of current Spoofhound junior and eighth grade football players participated in a HeartChase Challenge held at newly re-dedicated Mozingo Lake Recreation Park Saturday.
The Hounds signed up three teams of three to four players for the event which was set up like the popular TV show "The Amazing Race."
There were eight stations set up around Mozingo's park area with hidden tags that each team would search for. Once a tag was located, a team member had to scan it with an application on their mobile device to secure points.
The team with the most points after an hour and 45 minutes was declared the winner.
One Maryville team that included all-state offensive lineman Jackson Morrison and Chris Dougan finished third.
Another with all-state safety Trent Nally and John Schenkel finished fourth.
Maryville's eighth-grade team won the challenge and each team member was awarded a prize pack that included movie passes and T-shirts.
"They had a blast," said Maryville head football coach Matt Webb. "It's a great way for them to work together, work on team-building strategies and off-season stuff as far as becoming a close-knit team. Not only that, but with the education on heart disease and heart wellness, it was for a good cause."
The event was sponsored by the American Heart Association and educational facts about heart disease and healthy living habits were placed at each station.
Entrance fees from each of the six teams will be donated to the American Heart Association.
Rob Sparks first introduced the idea of doing the challenge to Webb, and money was raised to get the three Hound teams involved.
The challenge was part of a series of activities that took place during Mozingo's re-dedication.
There was also an Early Birdie Run, an angling tournament, a concert and a sidewalk sale.
"It was a good deal overall," said Morrison. "Coach is always looking to do stuff in the community, and this was a good way to help out."
Webb has more team-building activities in the works before practice starts in August, one of which could bring the team back to Mozingo for another moss-clearing project at the lake.
None of the players know any specifics just yet, and may not until the day of.
"He likes to keep it a secret sometimes," said Morrison.